Success in school, as in life, requires several strong character virtues such as discipline, integrity, and leadership.
Sending your child to a quality school with a well-rounded, challenging curriculum is essential in building these character virtues. However, another thing that helps children develop these qualities is by taking part in extracurricular activities that will challenge them and build their character.
In this article, we will go over some of the character-building extracurricular activities that The Vanguard School offers, so you and your child can decide which ones are the best fit for them.
If your child is a tinkering type with an inclination to build things, they would likely be a good fit for our TARC Rocketry or our Coding clubs.
Tarc Rocketry Club
We encourage students interested in flight, mechanics, and physics to look into our TARC Rocketry Club.
Constructing rockets is a fun and involved process requiring students to overcome many character-building challenges. Problem-solving, leadership, and team collaboration are just a few of the skills students will develop along the way.
It is also an impressive addition to a student’s college application and will serve them well should they go into the physical sciences.
Students who are more inclined to computers and electronics are encouraged to look into our Coding Club. Learning to code teaches problem-solving, logical and strategic thinking, and technical skills that will serve your child for life. Coding is also a highly in-demand skill that looks excellent on any college application and could create countless exciting career opportunities for your child in the future.
Forensics Speech & Debate Club
Students with an inclination for oratory and persuasion (speech and debate) will feel right at home in the Forensics Speech & Debate Club.
In Forensics, your child will learn how to articulate their thoughts and ideas eloquently and how to be a confident and captivating speaker — invaluable skills for any leader to have. These skills will serve your child well in any career field they go into but will be particularly useful should they ever go into public speaking, law, sales, or any other area where the ability to persuasively and effectively communicate is a core part of the job.
Global Studies Program
If you want your child to be international, cultured, and worldly, our Global Studies Program will help them accomplish that.
Studying abroad gives children an unforgettable and highly educational experience. It expands their world view, allows them to learn about other cultures, and even learn the local language. Class trips to museums provide a fun alternative to studying history books, while delicious local foods and historic sightseeing give students an enriching cultural experience without parallel.
Studying abroad is an excellent way for your child to develop their character. It will make them a more worldly and cultured leader, which will help them relate to others, get along with people from different cultures, and have a more sophisticated understanding of the world.
If your child is the competitive type who thrives under pressure, they would be a great fit for Matchwits.
In Matchwits, Junior High students are matched against other students from competing schools to determine who can come up with the first answer to a variety of challenging questions. Students compete in teams and work together to answer questions related to history, literature, science, language, geography, math, and the arts.
Suppose your child enjoys trivia quizzes, competitions, and game shows. In that case, there is a good chance they will excel at Matchwits, and it will provide them an excellent opportunity to practice thinking under pressure.
For civic-minded students looking at a possible career in politics, Student Council is a fantastic opportunity to experience what it is like to be in government.
Candidates run in-class elections to determine who gets elected to the position of Homeroom Representative. They can also run for one of four officer seats — the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
The job of members of the Student Council is to cooperate with and serve their fellow students. So for students who want to experience what it is like to be part of a community focused on excellence and service, Student Council is a great choice.
Offered as an after-school “club” at both the JH and HS levels. Elections are held at the beginning of each school year, and nominees are expected to run a campaign that includes campaign advertisements and giving a speech to their teachers and peers. We then hold an election, and winners become the active Student Government.
Positions include President (specifically for grades 8, 11, and 12), Vice President (specifically for grades 7, 9, and 10), treasurer, secretary, and class representatives. Student Government at both JH and HS levels are expected to Coordinate dances, fundraisers, Spirit Weeks/Days, promote student involvement in school activities, make weekly/daily announcements, and more!
The Vanguard School’s Mentor Club is an excellent way for students to get the additional guidance they need to excel in their studies and succeed in school. In the Mentor Club, students in grades 4-8 are matched up with older mentors in grades 8-12.
The Vanguard School has rigorous qualification standards for its mentors, and only students proven to have excellent character, stellar academics, and glowing teacher references are allowed to be mentors. This ensures students get matched up with a mentor who is a shining example and an excellent role model for them.
Junior High and High School Students are given the opportunity to create and lead after-school clubs for their peers during a non-COVID year. Examples of past student-organized clubs include recycling club, chess club, table tennis, and many more!
National Honor Society
For overachievers with a strong dedication to excellence, the National Honor Society is the place where good students become great.
Since 1921, the National Honor Society has held firm to its values of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students who exemplify these virtues and want to strengthen them even further by joining a group of elite peers are encouraged to join the National Honor Society.
Many benefits come from being in the National Honor Society. It is a stellar highlight on a child’s resume when they go to college. Additionally, being surrounded by other academically accelerated students can have a tremendously positive influence on your child.
For students who are willing to do what it takes to meet the National Honor Society’s strict criteria, the rewards are well worth it. To learn more, visit the National Honor Society homepage.
The Vanguard School believes that athletic activities are essential to a child’s health and fitness, and they provide a great way to develop character, work ethic, sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork.
As such, we offer a wide variety of sports and athletic activities for students grade 7-12, including basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, lacrosse, track and field, and cross country.
In each of these activities, students are instructed by one of our expert coaches, who will serve as a challenging but encouraging role model for your child.
By taking part in the athletic activity of their choice at The Vanguard School, your child will have lots of fun and experience tremendous character growth in the process.
At The Vanguard School, our goal is to give children a well-rounded education and healthy character development, so they can excel in all areas of life and excel academically. To do this, we focus on providing a rigorous Classical Education that develops character, virtue, and self-esteem in children while giving them an inter-disciplinary environment to learn in.
Additionally, we supplement this with the aforementioned extracurricular activities that allow students to practice and build these qualities outside of the classroom. When students graduate from The Vanguard School, they will take a strong foundation of excellence that will serve them throughout their future and benefit them in every area of their lives.
School Enrollment At The Vanguard School
To enroll at The Vanguard School, visit the Enrollment page and fill out the online application. After your application is accepted, we will give your child a placement test to determine the best level to be optimally challenged and successful. Once the placement is done, we will notify you of the next steps in the registration process.
To learn more about enrollment, visit our Enrollment FAQ page for more information. If you have any additional questions, call our main office at (719) 471-1999 x200. We look forward to hearing from you!